Player Performance Analysis: Leighton Baines Vs West Ham

Player Performance Analysis: Leighton Baines Vs West Ham

Everton fought back admirably at Upton Park on Saturday, although at half-time, three points looked little more than a dream. The Blues were lethargic in the opening period, with several players seemingly running through cement, and West Ham deserved their lead at the interval. Needing swift improvement, a brace of half-time substitutions revitalised Everton and provided the platform for victory. James McCarthy plugged the midfield gaps alongside the impressive Gareth Barry, while Romelu Lukaku offered the attacking threat lacking beforehand. Nonetheless, …
Everton need indispensable Baines to stay | 5 Year Creativity Stats

Everton need indispensable Baines to stay | 5 Year Creativity Stats

Leighton Baines continues to excel | Stats Analysis

Leighton Baines continues to excel | Stats Analysis

Creating the most chances of any Premier League player this season, much has been made of Leighton Baines’ attacking prowess. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea highlighted his creative talents with the visitors employing an extra right back in a bid to halt his forays forward. In fairness to Michael Laudrup, the plan worked to an extent with Baines not quite at his best. However, in spite the shackles placed on him, Baines (7) still managed to create more chances than …
Premier League's Most Creative Defenders | Opta Stats Analysis

Premier League's Most Creative Defenders | Opta Stats Analysis

The phenomenal Leighton Baines has inspired a post dedicated to the most creative defenders to ply their trade in the Barclays Premier League this term. We've take a look at a number of statistics including passing, dribbles attempted, chances created and goals to compile a list of five of the top creative defenders going forward. We typically believe that defender goals can not be predicted and use players like John Terry as an example. Prior to Terry's six-goal haul in the 2011-12 …
Everton v West Brom: Can The Baggies Stop Baines?

Everton v West Brom: Can The Baggies Stop Baines?

Saturday’s match sees Everton travel to West Brom in search of a club record. Avoid defeat and Everton create a new club record for unbeaten Premier League games; the convincing win at Villa Park tied the previous best (11). David Moyes’ men are in fine form with three defeats in 26 and just one defeat in ten on the road. To extend their good form, however, Everton will need to overcome an in-form West Brom side. With their opening day …